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This baby is basically the greatest thing in the world. He likes to look at me! (Less now that he's discovered The World! Sooooo many things to look at! And cram in one's mouth! But occasionally he will still look at me!) I can get him to laugh consistently by "jumping" him! (And oh boy, his sister is, as far as he's concerned, the Greatest Comedian Ever. All she has to do is laugh and he will laugh right back at her. It's amazing to watch. I wonder if he can tell that she's qualitatively different than an adult, because he definitely thinks she is way more exciting than anyone else in the world.) He likes to listen to music!

We call him "Emoticon Baby" because when he's in a good mood (i.e., when he's had enough sleep), his smile looks pretty much exactly like this: :D

He snuggles. I look back at what I wrote about E at the same age, and she did a lot of fun things and had the most adorable smile (which she still has), but she never snuggled. Several people mentioned at the time that I held E. as if she were a sack of potatoes, and I've been going along for years thinking that I was such a terrible mother that I didn't know how to hold a baby. It turns out... it's because she would go limp, in fact like a sack of potatoes, when one held her. Her nanny mentioned that to us, but I didn't realize how much easier and more natural it was to hold a baby when the baby snuggles against you. (I didn't really hold other people's babies very much because I felt very self-conscious about being deficient in holding babies.)

He needs to nap more. My mom is watching him until our babysitter can start, which is really great of her, but I think it's hard for her to let him cry, which he sometimes needs to do to sleep more. I was actually worried about him, that he was getting irritable and not doing eye contact and not smiling as much, but then he crashed and had a long nap yesterday, and afterwards he was practically a different baby, super smiley and happy.

He's at that sweet spot right now where he can lie on his tummy and prop himself up on his hands and look around interestedly, but he's NOT MOBILE YET. The best! He's gonna crawl a lot earlier than E. did, and I'm so not looking forward to having to babyproof everything. Babyproofing seems a lot harder with a five-year-old around...

Date: 2015-08-15 02:11 pm (UTC)
skygiants: a little girl spreads out arms and wings and beams up towards the sky (wings glee)
From: [personal profile] skygiants
Babies! BABIES. \o/ This post is super adorable.

Date: 2015-08-15 09:06 pm (UTC)
philomytha: girl in woods with a shaft of sunlight falling on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] philomytha
Hurrah for the baby! I love how they find the entire universe hilarious at that stage.

And oh oh yes to the realisation that you weren't a deficient mother. I knew, intellectually speaking, that I didn't cause Philomythulus to be autistic, that I couldn't have made him verbal and socially astute if only I Did More. But it's only now that I'm observing how I do all the same things with Cub that I did with him, and get such wildly different results, that I've really begun to understand fully that no, I didn't do something horribly wrong to make Philomythulus autistic, it's not something I had any control over at all.

And oh the difference a nap makes! Cub gets hyper when he's tired, starts running around shrieking and yelling, grabbing everything in reach and throwing it on the floor, all sorts. An hour's sleep and he's a different child.

Date: 2015-08-15 09:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Hee, baby. Especially well-rested baby!

Small humans do seem to be able to tell very early that medium-sized humans are more suitable for observation and mimicry. I have wondered at times whether this goes by behavior, facial expression + body language, or pure height, but I don't happen to know any meter-high adults personally. (There were two, a couple, who waited for the same morning train I took for about a year, but there's no way I would have been rude enough to ask them directly!)

Date: 2015-08-17 04:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
Height and some amount of behavior differential I would definitely believe. My daughter had a phase around this age (she wasn't able to crawl yet but could roll to look at me) in which she communicated hunger while I was holding her by staring me in the eye, sucking on my chin or collarbone-end briefly, and looking up again. Awareness of analogous pointy bit: check....

Date: 2015-08-16 12:56 am (UTC)
morbane: pohutukawa blossom and leaves (Default)
From: [personal profile] morbane
Aww, this is good to hear!

Date: 2015-08-17 03:38 pm (UTC)
genarti: Small orange kitten putting an exploratory paw on an even tinier duckling's head. ([misc] hi!)
From: [personal profile] genarti

Date: 2015-08-18 05:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] metaphortunate
I am so happy to read this! I went back and read it again because I was enjoying it so much. My youngest (and last) is almost two: I may be falling prey to the baby rabies.

Yay, emoticon baby!



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